vegan supplements… should i take ’em?

    I have wanted to write about vegan supplements for a long time, but I held off so that I could have a few months of experience with them in order to give my honest take.  Throughout my life, I’ve never been super responsible about taking ANY type of medication or vitamin daily.  It is just one more thing to remember in the morning, and I am not a morning person.  Plus–  half of the vitamins you peruse in any given grocery store aisle either is not vegan, or else it is hard to tell if they were vegan.  And finally, lab results from all of my physical exams since going vegan have always been perfect, so if it aint broke don’t fix it… Am I right?

    Mehhh I’m not so sure I was right, actually.  A plant-based diet has been proven to lower your risk of heart disease (the #1 killer of Americans), diabetes, and cancer.  But, regardless of your diet, we live in a society where we are constantly “on the go,” and it is easy to skimp on some vital nutrients.  I, for one– seeing that a lack of B12 has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, and lack of taurine has been linked to depression and anxiety– am going to make good on my 2017 resolution to “live intentionally,” even if that means taking an extra minute each morning to play it safe and take some dang supplements.


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    1. A MULTIVITAMIN.  Anyone who is vegan/vegetarian needs to be sure that they are getting enough of:  B12, Zinc, and Selenium.  If you are a woman who gets a period, I would say to go ahead and add some Iron in there for good measure.  I recommend New Chapter’s Every Woman multivitamin… and consider grabbing an Every Man multi for your boyfriend or husband, if you have one.  If you don’t take any other supplement on this list, be sure that you do consider this one.  (USA made, ethically sourced, gluten-free.) 
    2. MUSCLE SUPPLEMENTS.  This is especially for those of y’all who spend some time in the gym.  Some people do find that when they initially give up meat, they have a harder time building and maintaining muscle.  This is because vegans tend to have lower levels of Taurine, Carnitine, and Creatine. Rare Myo Capsules are the solution for anyone concerned with their muscle health and metabolism–  the levels of Taurine, Carnitine, and Creatine in the once daily vegan supplements are just enough to match a small serving of red meat, but not to the point where it would “bulk you up.”  (USA made, ethically sourced, gluten-free.) 
    3. VITAMIN D + CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT. These two go together in one pill commonly, because Vitamin D is responsible for Calcium absorption; they complement each other.  I recommend New Chapter’s Bone Strength Slim Tabs for bone support, joint flexibility, and heart health. vegan vitamins and supplements
    4. BEAUTY VITAMINS!  It never crossed my mind to take this type of supplement, but I actually learned about VitaFive from one of my favorite vegan beauty bloggers, Sunny, at Vegan Beauty Review.   I am now ADDICTED to these things.  Y’all, these gummy vitamins taste seriously amazing, can be tailored to you, are prepackaged like a little bag of gummies,… AND, Sunny even has a discount code for you to use if you want to order on the VitaFive website (type in “sunny30” at checkout).  I hope this helps!  If you have any questions or have favorite vegan supplements you think I should try, I would love to hear. XO

    (Photos:  Mary Summers)

    (Dress: vintage ; Corduroy hat: Free People)


    stella & stripes

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    bag:  stella mccartney // dress:  free people 

    Sometimes, when I’m talking about luxe vegan fashion, one of my favorite designers comes up:  Stella McCartney.  “Oh, but who can afford her stuff?!” is a common reaction… And it’s not an entirely unfair one.  Her bags can run up to $1,600, with her shoes sometimes reaching upwards of $1,100.  If you’re like me, you simply can’t justify spending that type of money on accessories.  But… I’ve found a way to own several pairs of her shoes and two of her bags… And that, my friends, is by shamelessly and happily shopping for Stella on Ebay.  You’ll find her designs for a fraction of the price, and they often still have the tags still attached.  Consider it my tip of the day 🙂

    As for the dress: I’m in love.  It’s just so easy and versatile– and is actually extremely flattering– with a touch of prep and a touch of mod.  Pair it with black tights and over-the-knee boots, or just leave your legs bare and throw on some black booties.


    no bra? no prob.

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    I’ve gotten a few messages from people asking me how I wear this Saved Kisses jumpsuit with no bra (and one person asking if I have fake breasts… Flattering and invasive, all at the same time), so I thought I would share one of my main fashion secrets… Because truly cool girls don’t keep that kind of important stuff to themselves.

    I have a petite frame with natural, not-extremely-perky, large DD breasts.  Thats just the way I’m designed.  However, one of my very favorite styles is a backless look.  You can relate? Read on.

    The “chicken cutlet” (horrible nickname) sticky boobs have never worked for me.  The adhesive doesn’t last, and I feel like you can always see the bulk and outline through your clothes.  So, after trying several types of breast tape, I finally found one that works well for me:  Hollywood Breast Lift Tape. (In case you are wondering, this is not sponsored!  I pay for mine on good ol’ Amazon.com.) It’s INCREDIBLE.  It comes with several pairs for a mere $9– it isn’t reusable like the cutlets.  The tape really does lift your entire breast up as if you’ve had a professional lift, without giving it a weird shape.  It is paper thin, so you can’t see the outline through even super clingy or thin clothing. And when it is time to remove the tape, it doesn’t rip your skin off with it as long as you do it slowly and as directed (unlike Girlfriends brand “Pick Me Up” tape… I was bleeding!!!) The only drawback is that you can’t wear the tape with an outfit that is backless AND low cut, because the top of the tape would show.  It is best with a higher neckline and a dramatic, open back. Scroll below for inspo!

    Try the tape yourself and lemme know what you think!  I’m always happy to share beauty secrets like this, and would love to hear about the yours, as well!




    MINK shoes… win a pair!

    faux ostrich ballet flats: mink shoes (scroll down to see how to win a pair!) // jeans (now on major sale!): joe’s jeans// cold shoulder peplum top: neiman marcus 

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    Check out MINK!  The creator of these shoes, Rebecca Mink, has spent her life as a celebrity wardrobe stylist. She noticed the need for ultra luxe, Italian-made vegan leather shoes in the fashion industry… And so, her brand was born.  I’ve seen her shoes on Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and other animal-loving celebrities… And now, you could score a pair for free!  Just head to my Instagam page and follow the directions to enter the contest.  Good luck!!!


    saved kisses | 30% off this amazing brand for the holidays!

    ‘Tis the season for being around loved ones, drinking and eating just a little too much… and purchasing, purchasing, purchasing!  My thought is, if you’re going to spend money, MAKE IT COUNT.  Today I want to remind you about a brand I really, really believe in for SO many reasons: Saved Kisses.  There are 4 main things that make this brand special to me, and make their clothing an absolute must-have.

    1. Saved Kisses saves animals!!! Let’s say you’re browsing the SK website and you think “Aha! I’ve been needing the perfect bralette, and this is IT!”  When you add it to your cart, you are automatically directed to “add an animal”– you get to pick which animal benefits from your purchase!  Choices include caring for at-risk dogs in frigid winter temperatures, the conservation of endangered baby sea turtles, shutting down puppy and kitty mills, feeding chimps at a sanctuary, and more.  saved kisses fashionveggie great dane pammies
    2. Saved Kisses has chic, sexy, AND comfortable clothing.  And that’s exactly how you feel when you wear their pieces– beautiful and free.  It feels like you are wearing the softest PJs, but you would never be able to tell by looking at their designs.  They are made to accentuate and flatter the body without being too showy or trying too hard. I’m wearing my jumpsuit all day today while I lounge at home with the fam and wrap presents– and I won’t have to change at all for my holiday party tonight, just throw on some jewelry and platforms. saved kisses jumpsuit, fashionveggie blogger
    3. Saved Kisses is gentle on people, the environment, and your body.  Made in the USA, no cheap labor was hired for the production of these pieces (which is why they aren’t, like, $20 a pop… This is quality, REAL, ethical fashion).  Their amazingly soft fabric is non-synthetic– made from sustainably harvested beech trees– and their packaging is all eco-friendly and recycled. No harsh chemicals or dyes were including in the making of these garments. Read more about their ethical and sustainable vision here
    4. Saved Kisses is 30% off until December 31!!! Use code FASHIONVEGGIE at checkout to apply the discount. saved kisses, great dane in a tutu, fashionveggie vegan blogger

    There you have it, friends.  Grab your New Years Eve look at Saved Kisses— whether your night will involve lounging around with your fur babies and some FRIENDS reruns, or being out on the town looking very “chilled-out-cool-girl-chic” in all your open-back splendor.  Know that because of your thoughtful shopping choice, you are effectively helping rescue animals, supporting an ethical and sustainable small business, and guaranteed to look great for whatever occasion may arise.  Love you guys… Happiest of holidays, be safe and have fun out there!  XOXO

    ___SAVED KISSES___



    FashionVeggie’s feature in FIDO Friendly Magazine

    If you have a fur child (or five) in your life– or if you simply care about wellness, humor, tips, and news pertaining to dogs and animals in general– you really need to be subscribed to FIDO Friendly Magazine.    Aside from the fact that some of my favorite non-human Instagram stars are gracing the cover of the latest Fall/Winter 2016 issue (ahhhh HELLO @PumpkinTheRaccoon!), and the fact that they offer awesome articles like “The Best Dog-Friendly Ski Resorts”this time, Fashionveggie got featured!!! AND we even got a mention on the front cover! *Pinch me.*

    View my article, written by Penny Eims, HERE!

    Thank you, FIDO Friendly, for the sweet feature!   To the rest of you, learn more and subscribe here. Scroll down for past covers!

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    osea malibu- the only skincare i trust!

    Did you know that our skin is our body’s largest (and most absorbent) organ??  Whatever we apply to it only takes 26 seconds to go directly into our bloodstream… So you better be aware of what is in your products!  It is extremely important to invest in skincare that not only works, but is actually good for you.  I work in dermatology offices every day, and I could have my pick of any fancy face wash/moisturizer/you name it… For free.  But I choose OSEA MALIBU every. single. time.  Yes, Osea products are vegan, organic, and cruelty-free, but just as important: they are free of harsh chemicals and toxins.

    I often get asked about my skincare regimen, so I am going to walk you through it.  Let me know if you have any questions at all!  

    PS: I HAVE A GIFT FOR YOU! If you want to try any of the products that I use below, enter in code FASHIONVEGGIE at checkout for free shipping!! Yayyyy, I love when things are free 🙂

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    1. Ocean Cleanser.  I love the consistency of this product (it feels like a gel) and the energizing, fresh scent!  It has a lime/orange/cyprus smell that makes you want to taste it, and leaves your skin looking glowy.  When I first got the Ocean Cleanser last year, I used to alternate it with the cleanser of a high end brand I had gotten at work… A year later, after seeing the difference in the way my skin looks after using each one, I totally cut out the other product.  I’m addicted!
    2. Atmosphere Protection Cream. This is one of my favorite products offered by Osea Malibu. I prefer to use a lightweight moisturizer for morning– that way, there is no risk of feeling greasy as the day goes on.  This one is truly PERFECT.  It not only moisturizes, but acts as a barrier protecting your skin from dry climate, wind, and pollution. After applying, my skin feels smoother and more supple– makeup goes on really well over this, too.
    3. Eye Gel Serum. Eye products especially need to be gentle and healthy for you, without harsh chemicals– the skin around your eyes is super thin and fragile, so it needs to be pampered and babied.  This gel is wonderful… it has a slight cooling effect when you apply it, which feels very soothing.  Your eyes immediately look better, with fine lines reduced and puffiness erased.

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    1. (REPEAT) Osea Malibu Ocean Cleanser
    2. Advanced Protection Cream. I cannot live without this product. Recently, I went out of town and didn’t bring my night cream with me, and I could tell a noticeable difference in my skin (not in a good way) without it.  This cream contains plant-based DPHP, which is found in many anti-cellulite creams, and it REALLY works to take away your fine lines/wrinkles.  I am just over 30 years old, and am majorly into preventative care for my skin. I’ve also noticed that when I apply this cream, I wake up the next morning with a more even-looking skin tone… dark and blotchy spots don’t seem nearly as noticeable.
    3. Eyes and Lips.  This is another anti-aging must-have… And I love that its a “two-fer!” This product hydrates both the lip area AND the eye area: the first two places to show signs of aging.  This is a great product to pack when you go on vacation or to take with you in your handbag– Any sign of chapped lips or dry skin, just whip it out!

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    vegan blogger fashionveggie with natural skincare line Osea Malibu


    Occasional Add-Ins

    1. White Algae Mask.  While I’m sitting on the sofa blogging or doing an expense report for work, I like to pamper my skin with a high quality mask.  This one hydrates and evens out your skin, making it look luminous and glowy.  I’ve even slept in this one a couple of times… My skin looks amazing in the morning when I take it off!  Note: Osea Malibu makes some other great masks, too!  But this one is my fave, after trying all of them.
    2. Brightening Serum.  I’m going to keep it real with you.. THIS IS A MUST-HAVE FOR THE MORNING AFTER YOU’VE HAD A FEW DRINKS.  It will completely brighten you up and make you look like you went to bed at 8:30 the night before!  This serum is super lightweight, and has natural botanicals that bring radiance to your complexion.  Also:  I drive a lot for work, so I have some hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) on my left cheek from the sun shining on it through the window… This makes those spots all but disappear.

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    There you have it!  Osea Malibu is literally the only skincare line I will ever need… And this is coming from someone who has tried pretty much everything under the sun.  Remember, you only have one chance to nourish your skin and to prevent aging… Invest in a cruelty-free, vegan, organic, HEALTHY, NATURAL skincare line like Osea.  You won’t regret it, and your future self will thank you. Remember to use code FASHIONVEGGIE at checkout for free shipping!